COVID-19 death toll in Italy over 10 000

28 March 2020, 10:36 PM
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barrelled past 10 000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain.
Italy coronavirus death toll surges past 10 000 ,lockdown extension likely 28 March 2020, 11:00 PM

The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy barreled past 10 000 on Saturday, a figure that made an extension of a national lockdown almost certain.

UAE extends nightly curfew, Qatar reports first coronavirus death 28 March 2020, 8:45 PM

The United Arab Emirates extended on Saturday to April 5 a nightly curfew to sterilise public places to combat the coronavirus as neighbouring Qatar reported its first death from the disease.

Portugal to treat migrants as residents during coronavirus crisis 28 March 2020, 6:20 PM

All foreigners in Portugal with pending applications will be treated as permanent residents from Monday until at least July 1, authorities said on Saturday, to ensure migrants have access to public services during the coronavirus outbreak.

Mexican president toughens stance, urges people to stay home 28 March 2020, 10:34 AM

Mexico’s president on Friday urged people to stay indoors to prevent an “overwhelming” spread of coronavirus, taking his strongest stance yet against the pandemic that has killed over 27,000 worldwide and infected nearly 600,000 so far.

China bans foreign travellers 28 March 2020, 10:27 AM

China's official media told people to stay on guard against the coronavirus on Saturday and restrictions on foreigners entering went into effect, as the country reported no new locally transmitted infections and a small drop in imported cases.

S.Korea reports 146 new coronavirus cases, highest in a week 28 March 2020, 5:43 AM

South Korea reported 146 new coronavirus cases on Friday, the highest number in a week, its disease control agency said on Saturday, with the country suffering a rise in imported cases from Europe and the United States during recent days.

As US virus cases exceed 100 000, doctors decry scarcity of drugs and equipment 28 March 2020, 4:47 AM

Doctors and nurses on the front lines of the US coronavirus crisis pleaded on Friday for more protective gear and equipment to treat waves of patients expected to overwhelm hospitals as the sum of known US infections climbed well past 100 000, with more than 1 600 dead.

Australia tightens quarantine rules to combat coronavirus, warns of fines 28 March 2020, 3:54 AM

Australian troops will begin on Saturday taking citizens returning from overseas to compulsory quarantine places to prevent spread of the coronavirus, as Victoria officials closed beaches on a warm autumn day amid public resistance, warning of fines.

China reports no local virus transmissions as foreigners barred 28 March 2020, 3:12 AM

China on Saturday reported no locally transmitted coronavirus infections for the previous day and a small reduction in new cases involving travellers from overseas, as new restrictions on the entry of foreigners kicked in.

France extends lockdown to April 15 as coronavirus wave swamps Paris 27 March 2020, 9:37 PM

France will extend a national lockdown until April 15 after reporting its biggest daily death toll from coronavirus, its prime minister said on Friday, and officials warned that hospitals around Paris could be overwhelmed in 48-hours.

British PM Johnson tests positive for coronavirus 27 March 2020, 2:13 PM

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus and is self isolating but will still lead the government’s response to the outbreak.

S Korea pleads with residents to stay in isolation as coronavirus cases spread 27 March 2020, 4:58 AM

Authorities in South Korea pleaded with residents on Friday to stay indoors and avoid large gatherings as new coronavirus cases hovered close to 100 per day.

Too close? Singapore’s new virus-fighting rules could lead to prison 27 March 2020, 4:14 AM

Anyone caught breaking Singapore’s social distancing rules can land themselves in prison from Friday after the city-state made it an offence for a person to intentionally stand close to another person as part of its coronavirus defense.

Mainland China reports first local coronavirus transmission in three days 27 March 2020, 3:26 AM

Mainland China reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus case in three days and 54 new imported cases, as Beijing ordered airlines to sharply cut international flights fearing travellers could reignite the coronavirus outbreak.

France’s Macron says he and Trump preparing an initiative on coronavirus crisis: Twitter 27 March 2020, 3:02 AM

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that he had a “very good discussion” with US President Donald Trump over the coronavirus crisis and that the two were preparing a new initiative to combat the pandemic.

New York, New Orleans hospitals reel as US coronavirus death toll tops 1000 27 March 2020, 12:45 AM

As the coronavirus pandemic’s US death toll raced past 1,000 people, hospitals and government authorities in New York, New Orleans and other hot spots grappled on Thursday with a surge in cases and a dire shortage of supplies, staff and sick beds.

The latest news about the coronavirus worldwide 26 March 2020, 1:51 PM

Leaders of the world’s largest 20 economies will hold a videoconference chaired by Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Thursday to discuss how best to coordinate their response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has thrown the global economy into a tailspin, with output crashing and unemployment set to soar.

Japan to set up coronavirus HQ, possible step to emergency declaration- Media 26 March 2020, 5:24 AM

The Japanese government was preparing to set up a special headquarters on coronavirus as early as Thursday afternoon, a step that could set the stage for declaring a state of emergency over the outbreak, Kyodo News Agency reported, after the capital of Tokyo saw a sharp rise in cases this week.

Spain’s coronavirus death toll overtakes China’s 26 March 2020, 4:28 AM

Spain struggled to cope on Wednesday with a mounting coronavirus crisis as its death toll exceeded China's with another 738 lives lost in a single day,and a third senior government minister was diagnosed with the virus.

China reports second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus transmissions, imported cases rise 26 March 2020, 3:42 AM

Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local coronavirus infections as the epicentre of the epidemic Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose as Beijing ramped up controls to prevent a resurgence of infections.

UK deaths from coronavirus outbreak rise to 463 as of March 25 – Govt 26 March 2020, 2:19 AM

The number of coronavirus deaths in the UK has risen to 463 as of Wednesday from 422 on Tuesday, the British government said, adding that more than 9 500 COVID-19 cases have now been reported in the country.

Countries must not squander chance to control coronavirus -WHO 26 March 2020, 12:07 AM

Countries that have locked down their populations to prevent the spread of coronavirus need to put a premium on finding new cases and doing everything they can "to suppress and control" the virus, the World Health Organization said on Wednesday.

UN unveils plan to assist poor countries to fight COVID-19 25 March 2020, 9:02 PM

The United Nations Secretary General has launched a two billion dollar global humanitarian response plan to fund the fight against COVID-19 in the world’s poorest countries.

Locked-down no longer, China’s Hubei begins return to normal 25 March 2020, 5:36 PM

Life started returning to normal on Wednesday after two months of lockdown in Hubei province, epicenter of China’s coronavirus outbreak, with traffic controls lifted, construction resuming and people catching buses and trains across once-shut borders.

G20 leaders to hold video conference about coronavirus 25 March 2020, 12:02 PM

Leaders from the Group of 20 major economies will convene a video conference on Thursday to discuss the coronavirus epidemic, the Saudi secretariat said, amid criticism that the group has been slow to respond to the global crisis.

UK calls for 250 000 volunteers as virus deaths surge 25 March 2020, 4:07 AM

he number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped on Tuesday, the first day of a national lockdown, while the government called for 250 000 volunteers for the health service and announced a temporary hospital would open in London next week.

UN chief calls on G20 nations to boost resources to aid coronavirus pandemic 24 March 2020, 8:07 PM

UN chief Antonio Guterres, in a letter to the Group of 20 (G20) major economies seen by Reuters, on Tuesday called for more resources to help keep the global coronavirus pandemic from reaching "apocalyptic proportions."

US states, cities desperate for coronavirus help, military prepares 24 March 2020, 12:45 PM

Several more US governors joined the procession of states ordering millions of Americans to stay at home to slow the spread of the coronavirus, while President Trump signaled he's considering a move in the opposite direction.

UK PM Johnson orders Britons to stay home 24 March 2020, 7:38 AM

Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Britons on Monday to stay at home to halt the spread of coronavirus, imposing curbs on everyday life without precedent in peacetime.

S.Korea reports 76 new coronavirus cases, total 9 037 24 March 2020, 4:22 AM

South Korea reported 76 new coronavirus cases on Tuesday, maintaining a downward trend in new infections which raised hopes that Asia's largest outbreak outside China may be slowing.